VSAS® Guides and Tutorials

Information to help you navigate the VSAS® application process.


Name Description Posted
Student Handout  Outlines VSAS process for students applying to  electives 01/2017
Student Screenshots Screenshots of the VSAS process for applying to electives 12/2016
Verification Statements Home medical schools verify these statements about their students 01/2015
Certification Statements Students must certify these statements before submitting applications 01/2015
Document Upload Guide Answers common questions students have when uploading documents 02/2015



These videos walk you step-by-step through the VSAS application process. Note: There is no audio.

  1. Completing the profile section of the VSAS application 
  2. Searching for and saving electives
  3. Applying for saved electives
  4. Accepting an elective offer
  5. Changing the preference order of submitted applications
  6. Post-Submission application changes
  7. Uploading and assigning documents 

If you still have questions, please read the VSAS FAQs for answers to common questions.

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